March 2017

Paedophile jailed for sex attacks on young girl

A paedophile was jailed for four years today for sex attacks on a young girl.

Alfred Frederick Thomas, 51, of Newby Street, Walton admitted five counts of indecent assault on a girl under 14 years and five counts of gross indecency with a girl under 14 when he appeared at Liverpool crown court.

The offences were committed against one victim in the 1980s.

Police today praised the victim’s “incredible” bravery in coming forward. Detective Constable Julia Jennings added: “Today’s result has released a huge weight from her shoulders.

“Specially trained officers in Merseyside Police’s Protecting Vulnerable People unit have been by her side throughout the investigation to provide support and to ensure her evidence was presented to the court and to see justice being done.

“Time should never be a barrier to obtaining justice and I hope today’s sentence gives his victim some sense of closure and vindicates their decision to come forward.

“Merseyside Police takes every report of sexual offences extremely seriously, whether or not they are recent, and has dedicated officers within the force’s Protecting Vulnerable People unit who are specially trained to both thoroughly investigate allegations and make sure that those reporting them are properly supported.

“I would like to take this opportunity to reassure anyone who has suffered a sexual offence that if you can find the courage to come forward and speak to us, we will deal with you sensitively and make sure that reports are properly and thoroughly investigated.”

Last year Thomas was jailed for 26 weeks after he admitted exposing himself to a teenage girl on a Merseyrail train. Liverpool magistrates court heard the incident happened on a train travelling from Waterloo, where Thomas was then living, and Moorfields station.

June 2016

Disgusting’ pervert exposed himself to girl on Southport to Liverpool train

This is the 50-year-old man who exposed himself to a shocked teenager on a Southport to Liverpool train.

Alfred Thomas boarded a Merseyrail train which had travelled from Southport at Waterloo Station at 6.20am.

His young victim boarded at the same stop.

Thomas then sat opposite the girl and tried to engage her in conversation.

But when she stood up to leave the train at Moorfields station in Liverpool city centre, she glanced back and saw Thomas exposing himself to her.

She quickly moved carriages and left the train in a distressed state, immediately alerting staff.

Thomas was identified after he was recognised from a British Transport Police appeal on Facebook.

Officers arrested him at his home on Mount Pleasant in Waterloo.

In police interview he admitted the offence, but could give no reason for his actions.

Today Thomas pleaded guilty to indecent exposure at Liverpool Magistrates’ Court.

Magistrates jailed him for six months, and ordered him to pay a victim surcharge of £115.

Investigating officer PC Shaun Lee said: “This was an incredibly frightening experience for the young girl, who was shaken and upset by Thomas’ actions.

“His disgusting behaviour that day continues to affect his victim who was left feeling vulnerable and intimidated by what he did.

“She is to be commended for coming forward and reporting the incident.

“We will not tolerate inappropriate sexual behaviour of any kind on the rail network and will do all we can to bring offenders to justice.

“We ask all rail passengers to report incidents to us so we can fully investigate.”